Dental Hygiene


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Welcome to the Dental Hygiene Program

A dental hygienist is a licensed health care professional. Dental hygiene is the science and practice of the recognition, treatment, and prevention of oral diseases. Graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program are eligible to work in any number of health care settings such as private dental offices, schools, and nursing homes. Learn more by following the links below, or check out the Dental Hygiene FAQ.

The Dental Hygiene Program at Austin Community College meets college, state and national requirements. At the national level, the program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. You may contact the Commission on Dental Accreditation at (312) 440-4653, or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or at www.ada.org/en/coda.

The CODA will accept comments and complaints about our Program. The Commission will consider only formal, written, signed complaints, unsigned complaints will be considered “anonymous complaints”, oral complaints will not be considered. Anonymous comments/complaints may be received at any time and will be added to the respective program’s file for evaluation during the program’s next scheduled accreditation site visit. The next program site visit by the Commission is scheduled to occur in 2026. An appropriate complaint is one that directly addresses a program’s compliance with the Commission’s standards, policies and procedures.

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Dental Hygiene Updates

  • Admissions selection criteria has changed.

    The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is now required for program admission. Two exam attempts per calendar year are allowed. We will accept the higher of the two composite scores. No minimum score is required. Please review the Application Process page for more details.

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  • Dental Hygiene Patient Information

    If you would like to be a patient, please call our office at (512) 223-5710 to schedule a screening appointment. For related information, click here.

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  • Attention! All students that have not been accepted into an ACC Health Sciences program…

    All students who have not been accepted into an ACC Health Sciences program should declare General Studies in Pre-Health Sciences (Associate of Science) for their major. Once accepted into a program, the student's major will be updated.

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